I am Evyn and Nicky’s mom. I am challenged and rewarded daily; caring for Nicky who has autism, raising my daughter, being a mom & owning a business. Nicky’s diagnosis changed our lives and installed a profound desire in me to serve others. I co-founded a non profit Special Needs Network (a community org. dedicated to helping underserved families). I have participated in training videos & documentaries; “I Am Your Child” with Sylvester Stallone”, Dr. Brazelton’s “Coping with Grief”; Joey Travolta & Keri Bowers “Normal People Scare Me”. I serve on the Board at N.L.A Regional Ctr & I have been working on the CA Dept. of Developmental Services ASD project: developing Guidelines for Effective Interventions. I testified before the Blue Ribbon Senate Commission on Autism and was seated on a task force which developed legislative recommendations to improve supports for people with ASD. I recently accepted an appointment on a CA Senate Committee chaired by Senator Steinberg. My company Transition Music provides music for TV & Film. I’ve been honored with recognition by the City of Los Angeles, featured in the LA Times, Hollywood Reporter, Black Enterprise & Music Connection.
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Why this blog?
My friend Lee urged me to create a blog to write about my days. The daily events he has heard me rant about as I raise my son who has autism and my daughter with a condition we all know much about "being a teenager" as a single parent.
He persuaded me that my “daily” stories could help others understand and learn from my journey. So here we are. My goal will be to share something useful with you, albeit about autism, teenage daughters, gratitude, survival, friendships, the education system, or even singlemomness.